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2018 BWC Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X



The Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X will take place form 7 to 8 August 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Room XVII.

MX1 will be chaired by Ambassador Maria Teresa T. Almojuela of the Philippines and will discuss the following topics:
  • Consideration of the reports of the States Parties on their full and comprehensive implementation of all provisions of Article X;
  • Review of the report by the ISU on the operation of the assistance and cooperation database established by the Seventh Review Conference and renewed by the Eighth Review Conference and consideration of its further operationalization, including measures to further strengthen the operation of the database, including in the light of BWC/MSP/2017/4;
  • Identification of challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in the biological sciences and technology, including equipment and material, for peaceful purposes to their full potential, and possible ways and means of overcoming these;
  • Development of guidelines and procedures for mobilizing resources, including financial resources on a voluntary basis to address gaps and needs;
  • Facilitation of education, training, exchange and twinning programs and other means of developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the Convention, particularly in developing countries;
  • Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity and for detecting, reporting and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks, including in the areas of preparedness, response, and crisis management and mitigation;
  • Collaboration with international organizations and networks related to combating infectious diseases at all levels, as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation to promote implementation of all articles of the Convention.

Official documents
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/1 - Provisional agenda for the Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Chair
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/2 - Background information document on cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.2 - Promotion of Capacity Building: Sustainable Laboratories for High Consequence Pathogens - Submitted by Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.3 - Report on BWC Implementation Workshop Rabat, Morocco, 10-11 May 2018 - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.4 - Outcome of the International Workshop on Cooperation and Assistance under Article X – Submitted by Norway
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.5 - Institutional Mechanism for International Co-operation and Compliance with Article X - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.6 - Cooperation and Assistance, with a particular focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.7 - Report on Implementation of Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.8 - Comparative review of biological threats needs assessment and national action plans implemented under BTWC, EU CBRN Centres of Excellence, WHO (IHR-JEE), and 1540 UNSCR, African Regional Conference, 25-26 October 2017, Rabat, Morocco - Submitted by the European Union
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.9 - Improving the Utility and Functioning of the BWC Assistance and Cooperation Database - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.10 - Participation of the Russian Federation in implementation of the Article X of the BTWC - Submitted by the Russian Federation
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.1/WP.11 - Implementación del Artículo X de la Convención de Armas Biológicas (CAB) – Submitted by Cuba (Spanish only)


Advance versions


Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX1 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4


Agenda item 5
  • Technical briefing by the 1540 Group of Experts (statement)

Agenda item 6
Agenda item 7
Agenda item 8
Agenda item 9
Agenda item 10